The People’s Orchestra were part of Symphony Hall’s Inside Out event over the weekend – and what a weekend it was!
Following the success of last year’s event, this year brought an influx of visitors to yet again experience a new side of Symphony Hall through two days of fun-filled performances and activities across the venue for FREE.
The People’s Orchestra gave festival-goers the chance to conduct their own orchestra… YES, their own orchestra! The Birmingham-based community orchestra invited members of the public into the life of an orchestra. All ages were given the chance to work with the orchestra’s very own composer Dan Watson and talented musicians in order to have their very own taste of conducting an orchestra.
The Saturday interactive sessions saw members of the public try their hand at conducting a live orchestra (conducting or playing an instrument). A selection of pieces were played including songs from some of the public’s favourite films. Not only did the general public learn new skills through the hands-on sessions and experience what it takes to be part of a real-life orchestra, but some great memories were made too.
A highlight from one of their sessions was an a child who was highly engaged when he played with the flute and percussion areas of the orchestra, of which they have received high praise for from family and friends. His father Michael Buckle said, “Incredible day, thank you all. My son Mark sat with the flute section. We both had an incredible time with you all. Special thanks goes to the percussion section who allowed Mark to play with you all. Special memories made today, I can’t thank you enough”.
Highlights from the weekend also included Friday Night Jazz (courtesy of Tom Hill’s Jazz Funk Machine), a variety of music performances from artists including GorillaBot, HeadGear, Muntchako, Lady Sanity, Tetes de Pois and many more, a silent disco, dressing room discoveries, a kid’s cinema showing a selection of family-friendly films, street art from Digbeth Arts Market and beautiful food from Digbeth Dining Club.
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